Aerial shot of a river basin with many tributaries flowing through green savanna.


At a Glance

The Southern Africa Regional Mission serves Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Seychelles, and Zimbabwe.

USAID Southern Africa Regional supports an improved and resilient quality of life for Southern Africans. We are particularly concerned with improving regional decision-making and collective action to improve management of resources and promote renewable energy. USAID’s climate change programming, through strong collaboration, aims to help countries cooperate and plan together to better prepare for these scenarios in priority sectors by supporting the climate change priorities and needs of the region, including a better enabling environment for investment in clean energy. As negative climate impacts are likely to center on water issues, efforts focus on adaptive management strategies within priority river basins most vulnerable to climate change. We support the integration of climate, water supply and sanitation, and biodiversity resources to ensure adequate water resource planning and management is taking place.

    Funding and Key Indicators

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    USAID Climate Change Funding (2020)


    $2 Million


    $2 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability


    Population (2020)

    14.5 Million

    GHG Emissions Growth


    % Forested Area


    Climate Change Information

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    Stories from the Area

    The current global pandemic from COVID-19 is a potent, pressing example of why the international community must focus more on preparedness and risk analysis for a multitude of disasters. Disasters, from floods to droughts to heightened risks of conflict, are increasing in frequency and intensity due to climate change, environmental degradation, and social tensions.
    Over the past 13 years, I have had the opportunity to work with the poorest communities across Zimbabwe. I have seen families struggling to adapt to the changing climate, as their livelihoods mainly depend on limited and dwindling natural resources. However, through asset creation, I have also seen incredible strength, resilience, and community dedication to improving communal resources and food security.
    As USAID and the international community know, if infrastructure fails during a crisis, the implications on human lives are enormous. To ensure future floods and other extreme weather events don’t cause the level of damage and misery seen in the wake of Idai and Kenneth, there are two myths that we urgently need to dispel.